Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing “All things are working for my good”.
Recently I have come to learn of the great significance that one item can bring. One person can determine whether you are fulfilled or whether you feel lonely. One minute while your life is on the line can determine whether you will survive or you will die. In a minute, you can lose a life changing opportunity or you can be introduced to a destiny helper who can change your life forever.
The number one is mainly associated with new beginnings and all beginnings carry hope. Hope in itself is quite profound. A spark of hope in one’s heart can drive a man to climb up a freezing mountain with only a ‘shuka’ wrapped around him haha…(it can drive you to achieve what you thought was impossible). Hope is the fire that lights up one’s dark world. It brings a shine to one’s eyes and changes the way they see their future by giving a new perspective to the things we see around us. The presence of hope can determine whether a person lives and its lack unfortunately can literally kill somebody right from the depths of their soul.
Our greatest hope as Christians however is rooted in Christ. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This speaks of the grace of salvation; a grace that accepts us despite our titles, faults or even our current identities and makes into one entity (the body of Christ). Personally, I love speaking of this grace that set me free because one can only share of a goodness that they have personally tasted. And ohh how good it is, a grace where our sins are forgiven whenever we approach the throne of God and repent. This is evident in Zechariah 3:9 “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” It does not matter how long you have thrived in sin, when you decide to turn to God in repentance and a broken heart, He forgives your sin in that very instant. This hope gives us an assurance of the impossibility; a home where riches flow through the street; receiving a love we did not deserve by doing one simple thing – accepting Him.
Recently I was taught about the ‘Fight for Peace’ and the teaching just changed my way of thinking. There cannot be peace if a war has not been fought. Taking the case of David as an example; Israel before and during the time of David was constantly involved in wars. David in particular started fighting from the time he was a young boy acting as a shepherd by killing a lion and a bear that came to plunder the sheep. He was then able to kill goliath when all the men in the town were shaking out of fear of the great giant. Further down in his rule, David eliminated all his enemies that meant to do him harm. He was a man of valor; a man of war. In fact, he spilled so much blood that God did not allow him to build the temple. Solomon his son was tasked with that work. However, all the fighting war not in vain. It is important to note that during Solomon’s reign, there was peace throughout the kingdom. This peace was as a result of the fighting that David, his father, had been involved in. Practically everyone wants to be successful and live in peace in a good home, able to provide for their livelihood… and this begs the question, what are they doing to get there? Before success there has to be the work put in place to achieve it. Without this simple attitude, you will not get anywhere.
One of my greatest inspirations has got to be my dad. He is a real fighter, that’s for sure. He is not one to give up when pursuing what he puts his mind to. With all that the world has thrown at him, he would have been a gooner if he didn’t possess the will to fight. “You have to realize that what you desire to achieve will not come to you easy; there will be struggles that you have to act wisely to get across” is something he reminds me. Life is mainly about how you perceive what comes your way.
“A man who fears hell on earth shall be broke but him who lives by the fear of God shall be rich” – Prophete Joel Lutuka
Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing “All things are working for my good”. Indeed God is good. Never doubt His goodness just because you cannot see past the obstacle in front of you. Enlarge your vision and keep pushing on. Be able to recognize the little things. Recognize the one person that speaks words of encouragement which strengthen your spirit; The hope and dreams deep inside you; the daily effort you need to punch it to live your dream; The investment that will earn you millions many years later. When you are able to do so, these simple things will result into life changing moments.